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Phillip Phillips Wins 'American Idol' Season 11

Phillip phillips and jessica sanchez
   Phillip Phillips was crowned the season 11 "American Idol" champion on Wednesday night's final show. Phillip Phillips, a bluesy Georgia guitar man, defeated  teenager Jessica Sanchez in record viewer voting. 
    He was the fifth male "Idol" winner in a row.Phillips retained his humble, self-effacing demeanor to the end, and beyond.
   "I have no idea why I won, man," he said in his backstage dressing room. "I guess some people liked the music that I was doing. I'm just lucky.  I was just doing my thing each week."
   He received the winning share of the record-high 132 million votes cast after Tuesday's final showdown with high school student Sanchez, 16, of Chula Vista, Calif. 
The last female to win, and the last non-white, was Jordin Sparks in 2007.